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Mark your Calendars …

Film – Michaelango – Love and Death

Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Orringer Auditorium CCCC New Bern Campus

The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this Renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man?

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.

A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time.

Friday, March 2, 2018  two showings: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Orringer Auditorium CCCC New Bern Campus

Trailer for LionLion
India / Australia (2016) 

Drama – 118 mins – PG-13
Languages: English / Hindi / Bengali

In 1986, five-year-old Saroo becomes trapped on a decommissioned passenger train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from a poor home and loving family. He must learn to survive alone in Calcutta; unable to identify himself or his family. Ultimately, he is adopted by a privileged and loving Australian couple and raised in Tasmania. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Based on a true story, Saroo struggles between two families and two worlds as he searches for where he truly belongs

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Let’s Talk About It book group …

The Let’s Talk About It book group is off to a good start.  We had a tremendous turn out for out first discussion about  “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines.  Our presenter, Margaret Bauer, is a professor at ECU.  Check below for some information about Prof. Bauer:

“Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English, a Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Science, and the editor of the North Carolina Literary Review. Dr. Bauer was named one of the ten ECU Women of Distinction in 2007, and that same year received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Her other ECU honors include the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2004, the Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity Activity in 2008, the Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is also a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. In 2017, she received the North Carolina Award for Literature from Governor Roy Cooper.”

We had a very lively discussion and learned about the author Ernest Gaines.  Ernest Gaines was born in 1933 in Southern Louisiana.  He was raised by an aunt who was crippled and moved around her kitchen on a cart.  Mr. Gaines was only eligible to be educated to the eighth grade in Louisiana so he then traveled to California to live with his mother and step-father to continue his education.  Most of the author’s stories end tragically.

We also enjoyed some delicious refreshments. Everyone commented on the Lemon Cookies which were a huge success.  Thank you everyone for the great turnout and wonderful participation.

Our next book is “Billy Budd, Sailor” by Herman Melville.  If you have not received your copy of this book, please stop at the Havelock Library Circulation Desk to sign one out.  Our discussion for this book will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm with our presenter, Willie Nelms.

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Thank You to the Havelock Friends of the Library

This thank you note was sent to the Havelock Friends of the Library by Margie Garrison, Librarian at the Havelock Library.

“Every year it seems that our Havelock friends group cannot possible be any more generous, yet we continue to be amazed by the unselfish  acts of kindness you show us!  We are very thankful for all that you do.  However, the Christmas luncheon was beyond belief!  We enjoyed it the  whole month.

Beyond grateful,

Margie and Havelock Staff”

Sincere Thank You to all the members of the Havelock Friends of the Library for every way you contribute to our wonderful library.

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Reminder…

This Thursday, February 8th, at 6:00 pm we will be having our first discussion of our Let’s Talk About It group.  We will be discussing the book “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines.  You should check your email to make sure you received the discussion questions for this book and bring them with you that evening.  Hope to see you at the Havelock Library for a lively discussion. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS …..

Just a reminder for the Havelock Literary and Crabpot Society:

We will be meeting this Wednesday, January 24th at 10:00 to discuss “The History of Love”.  We look forward to seeing everyone and having a lively discussion.  The group welcomes new members!

Also on Wednesday, January 24th at 11:00 am, Kat Clowers, the new librarian working at our library,  has offered to lead a class on using the blog she created which allows readers to give comments on the books we read.  Bring your own device so you can link into the library’s wifi.  If you would like to try out the blog ahead of time the address is https://havelocklibrary.blogspot.com.   Everyone is invited!!!

The Let’s Talk About It Series is starting in February, 2018.  The first book is “A Lesson Before Dying” and is available for checkout at the Havelock Library circulation desk.  The first discussion is on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 pm.  We are looking forward to  seeing everyone there.  The theme of the series this year is “Law and Literature”.

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Friends of the Library announcement!

The next Friends of the Library meeting is January 17th at 9:30 am at the Havelock Library.  All are welcome to come and participate.

The Friends have established a memorial fund in the name of our President, Shirley Selepes.  If you would like to contribute to this fund, checks can be dropped off at the library.  Shirley served our organization as President for over ten years. She was very involved in the Havelock community and is greatly missed.

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Havelock Literary and Crabpot Society

Hope everyone has recovered nicely during our recent cold/snow period in our area.  I am sure everyone missed getting to the library. I personally enjoyed the day yesterday during the warmth and sunny periods.  I was able to read quite a bit being snowed in and hope you did too.

Our next book to discuss is The History of Love which will be on Wednesday, January 24th at 10:00 am in the Havelock Library.  The date was moved ahead due to the Let’s Talk About It Series beginning in February.  If you are having trouble keeping track of what is going on, search for a synopsis of the book and hopefully it will be helpful with this. Looking forward to a lively conversation.  Our group is always looking forward to new members and would welcome anyone that wanted to join us.

 The Let’s Talk About It Series is beginning in February.  The first book,  A Lesson Before Dying is now available for checkout at the Havelock Library.  Our first discussion is on Thursday, February 8th, at 6:00 pm at the Havelock Library.  We always have fantastic presenters and lively discussions so hope you sign up for this Series.  The theme of the series is “Law and Literature”.

As always have a great day and find time to read!

 

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Havelock Literary and Crab Pot Society Members

We will be meeting on December 20th to discuss A Man Called Ove.  There are still a few copies of the book available at the library and this is a quick read so you have plenty of time to finish this book.  Please note the change in time to 10:30 am.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

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Friends of the Library Update!!!

Thank you to those who purchased raffle tickets for our Christmas drawing.  The lovely gifts were won by Anna Taylor who actually lives in Virginia.  Hey, you never know where your friends are!  Congratulations to Anna!

Remember that the library has very reasonable dvd’s for rent.  You might be looking for one for the holiday season.  I searched and found many in the catalog.
Also, remember the Collection of Smart Start toys and games that are available to be borrowed. These are very educational items and fun for children and families.

The special luncheon for the library staff will be Tuesday, December 19th.  You are invited to contribute to this by dropping off a small plate of cookies, plate of cheese and crackers, sandwiches, candy, etc.  This holiday luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, has become a tradition and is a way we can thank our library staff. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! May you have a safe and happy holiday!

submitted by Luann Rottmann

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